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Elevate FAQs

How does the selection process work?
Admission to Elevate begins with the nomination of students. After students have been nominated, they will receive an invitation to apply. Students will then have until February 28th, 2020 (deadline extended to April 15, 2020 due to the coronavirus) to apply for Elevate. Once applications are received, the Elevate Director will evaluate their application.

Can I apply even if I have not been nominated?
You must have been nominated by your Headmaster, Principal, Guidance Counselor or someone familiar with your academic or leadership potential in order to apply. You may request that your headmaster nominate you in order to pave the way for your application.

What are the deadlines for U.S. nominations and applications?
Please check our Apply page for application and registration dates.

What are the deadlines for International nominations and applications?
We accept international student nominations and applications on a rolling timeline in order to accommodate for the diverse schools that we work with. Please contact us at to receive a personalized deadline process for your international student. 

Once I am accepted to Elevate, is there any preparatory work I will need to do before I arrive?
There is no preparatory work for students before they get to Elevate! Students whose issue has been selected to be worked on will be notified a few weeks in advance, but they are not required to do any work in advance. All other students will find out what group and issue they will be working on once they arrive.

How will I know if my application has been accepted?
You will receive a registration packet in the mail with a letter indicating your acceptance as well as an email notifying you of your admission to Elevate.

How long is Elevate?
Elevate is 6 days long: Monday, July 6th–Saturday, July 11th.

How much does Elevate cost?
The program costs $1,250. 

What does the program cost include?

  • Housing
  • Meals
  • StrengthsFinder survey code
  • Transportation to and from the airport as well as to off-campus events and excursions
  • Local excursions and social events
  • Close interaction with Gordon faculty and staff
  • Elevate T-shirt

Are scholarships available for students?
Currently, no scholarships are offered for the week in July; although, students should note that the College is subsidizing the costs to lower the price. However, students who submit their application during the Early Bird window (January 27th–February 7th, 2020) will receive a $50 discount. Additionally, students who participate in Elevate will receive a special $2,000 scholarship if they choose to enroll at Gordon in their first year. Many students petition their schools for scholarships to attend. Inquire with your principal or headmaster if there are leadership scholarships available to cover your cost. We are happy to offer alternative payment plans or installments for families to accommodate! Please contact the Director, Olivia Morales, at elevate@gordon.edu, if you would like to talk through payment options.

If I cancel my attendance will my payment be refunded?
Yes, but your refund is contingent upon the date that you cancel. If you cancel before June 15th you will receive all of your money back except for the $300 nonrefundable deposit. If you cancel after June 15th then none of your payment will be refunded.

If English is not my first language, what level of English is required for me to attend Elevate?
We do not require students to submit TOEFL scores ("Test of English as a Foreign Language"). However, students will need to speak English fluently in order to participate. International students are required to set up a Skype interview with the Elevate Director or Elevate International Admissions Coordinator before being accepted.

How large are the groups?
Each group consists of 9–10 students.

Who are the Peer Mentors?
Peer Mentors are some of Gordon’s finest students. They are trained specifically for this program to ensure the best experience for participants.

How do I arrange transportation to/from Elevate?
Elevate staff will only provide transportation to and from the airport. In order to ensure this, you will need to indicate your travel plans on the Confirmation Form, which is part of the Registration packet.

If I'm planning to fly in, which airport should I fly into and what time should I plan my flights to arrive and depart? 
All students should fly into Logan International Airport in Boston (BOS). Please select flights that will have you arrive to the airport between 12-4 p.m. on Monday, July 6th, and that will depart from Logan on Saturday the 11th any time after 1 p.m. (Please note, you will miss an important part of the program if your flight leaves earlier than this so plan accordingly!) 

Can I arrive a day early to Elevate or stay on campus after Elevate?
Because the Elevate staff will still be in training up until check-in day, we ask that students do not arrive early since staff cannot supervise. In addition, the campus dorms in which students are housed are often in use up until Elevate takes place, so housing is not always readily available. If you choose to stay in the area after Elevate concludes, we would be happy to recommend nearby accommodations. Since the staff will no longer be on campus, we cannot usually host students past check-out day. For very special cases, especially international arrivals or departures, please contact the Director, Olivia Morales, at . Please note that we do charge for each additional night at Gordon.

How are students housed?
Students will be housed in Chase Hall, a suite-style residence for underclassmen. Students will have 1–2 roommates. Floors are separated by gender so there will be no co-ed floors.

Is there a dress code?
Students will dress business casual during the morning work sessions, although there are a few events where they will want to look more professional. Students will be able to change into activewear and casual clothing for adventure learning and the evening activities and work sessions. Please find our recommendations for dress below:

  • Business casual (Everyday)
  • Business professional (3-4 sessions)
  • Casual dress (Everyday)
  • Outdoor dress (3 sessions)

Do you have rules regarding student conduct?
Gordon College is a community committed to biblical values and a Christ-centered lifestyle. It is for this reason that Elevate expects participants to have a high quality of character and to be distinguished by their honesty and commitment to truth.

For a deeper understanding of Gordon’s conduct expectations, please see the Life and Conduct Statement.